christmas baking: peppermint bark and shortbread biscuits

30 December 2014

I've been baking a little, well a lot really as I decided to give my family some different types of gifts this year some of which included these cute christmas shaped shortbread biscuits and blocks of peppermint bark. Although now a little late I thought I'd share these recipes if not for adaptation for other events then for Christmas 2015!

my christmas wishlist #3

21 December 2014

The final Christmas wishlist post from me is full of easy-to-buy and last-minute gifts like dvd's, gift cards and beauty products easily found and bought from places like Boots and House of Fraser. If you're anything like a number of people I know then Christmas Eve will be the day to get the bulk of Christmas gift shopping done, to me that is madness as I've been preparing for a little while now but each to their own. Consider this my final wishlist with craving posts going back to normal from now on. :)


craving: party season clutch bags

19 December 2014

With party season comes party bags and and a whole parade of fantastic going out dresses, co-ords, playsuits, jumpsuits and of course the range of beautiful accessories and impressive cover-ups including fur coats and soft bikers. I digress.. This post is about those party season clutch bags and how awesome they are this year!

christmas weekend away in Bristol and Exeter

17 December 2014

Last Saturday my best friend and I made our way up the line for a day trip to Bristol followed by an overnight stay in Exeter and another day of shopping there. We had everything planned out starting at Cabot Circus with an Egg Nog latte from Starbucks we spent most of the day there picking up Christmas gifts from friends and family before heading over to Ikea to stock up on candles (lots of candles!) and most importantly wedding bits for my best friend's wedding (♥ that film). We then had a hunt for Homesense so that I could spend the voucher I won on Stephs blog recently before driving back down to Exeter for the night to stay in the Mercure Southgate Hotel.

christmas movie watch list

15 December 2014

Now that we're do close to 'the big day' I believe it's perfectly acceptable to be watching festive movies non-stop so I thought I'd share a few of my favourites. Christmas film are great to watch with all the family or to snuggle up on the sofa and have a giggle at but I always pop one on whilst I'm doing my wrapping, putting the decorations up or writing my Christmas cards too. :)

festive crafts: christmas pudding gift tags

14 December 2014

At Christmas time I like to put my personal touch on the gift wrap I use, whether it's drawing on name labels or personalising simple brown paper wrapping with twine, washi tape and metallic pens. This year I decided to make some gift tags of my own and Christmas puddings seemed like the cutest and easiest design to go for so I thought that I'd share the process with you whilst there's still time to get crafty before Christmas. :)

shopping at the eden project

11 December 2014

The Eden Project is one of those places that if you're in Cornwall you have to visit, living just over the bridge it's not a place I go often but when I do (probably once a year or two) I love it. Oddly (or not if you know me well) my favourite thing about going there is visiting their shop! If you don't know already, eden project is made up of fantastic gardens, and a collection of indoor domes that house the largest indoor rainforest in the world . There are sculptures, things to do, learn and play - They even host some fab gigs and Elton John will be playing there next year - It's an awesome setting for concerts!

gift ideas for him

10 December 2014

Buying for boys appears to be the worlds worst thing at Christmas, or so I'm told. I believe that I've done alright for Shaun this time around though I suppose we'll have to wait until December 25th for a true verdict. But honestly, buying Christmas gifts for guys or even mens gifts in general isn't really all that bad, especially if you know their style. I've found that sourcing presents for my boyfriend is easier than presents for my dad, then my brother is relatively easy to buy for too. None of them create a particularly stressful gift shopping situation though.

autumn / winter at topshop

5 December 2014

I really do love the autumn and winter months the most, I don't know how many times I've said that recently but to me it's the best time of year for style and shopping. Topshop always does it for me during these seasons, the colours and mix of materials are fab and so I almost can't go in without coming out with a collection of super stylish pieces. :D

'testing on bloggers' with the body shop

4 December 2014

As a great lover of animals and of course of makeup when invited to be part of this campaign I jumped at the chance because when the RSPCA and The Body Shop join forces you should damn sure be paying attention.